Arm raised, finger pointing emphatically as he delivers an impassioned address, it is a telling portrait of eminent Canadian Réal Caouette. This image is depicted on one of the four domestic-rate stamps created to honour the lives and achievements of prominent federal politicians. In conjunction with what would have been Caouette's birthday, Canada Post will issue these commemorative stamps to recognize the contributions of Caouette and three other Canadian politicians who enriched the character of our nation: Martha Black, Lionel Chevrier and Judy LaMarsh.
Lionel Chevrier, known as the father of the St. Lawrence Seaway, was born in Cornwall, Ontario and educated as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa. Elected to parliament from Cornwall, Chevrier held that seat from 1935 to 1954. It was then that he was placed in charge of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, an organization that would oversee the construction of one of the world's greatest waterways. The completion of this massive project, led by Chevrier, had a major economic impact on Canada and made possible the exploitation of iron-ore deposits in Quebec and Labrador. As well, it enabled cargo of all types to be moved between our industrial heartland and ports overseas. Chevrier was first named to the Canadian Cabinet in 1945 as Transport Minister and in 1957, he return to Parliament. He became Minister of Justice in 1963. In 1964, he went to England as high commissioner, and upon his return in 1967, served as Ambassador and Commissioner General for Visits of State during Centennial celebrations.